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It seems there is a compilation DVD in the works celebrating the legendary US Festival 1983, which featured bands like Motley Crue, Scorpions, U2, Van Halen and Triumph - the performances from which have been bootlegged for years.

Details are a little sketchy at the moment. I have only picked up on a Japanese release date, but I guess it is bound to be a worldwide release eventually.

Right now King Records Japan will release US Festival 1983 on September 9.

Running 120 minutes, the DVD track list will apparently be: The One Thing - Inxs; The Boys In Town - Divinyls; Goodbye Goodbye - Oingo Boing; Jeanette - English Beat; Words - Missing Persons; Rock This Town, Please Make Up Your Mind - Stray Cats; Who Can It Be Now, It's A Mistake - Men At Work; Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash; Breakin' The Law, Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest; Fight The Good Fight, Lay It On The Line, Magic Power - Triumph; Sex - Berlin; Outside The Rain, Standback - Stevie Nicks; Electric Company, Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2; You Really Got Me, Pretty Woman, Happy Trails - Van Halen; The Zoo - Scorpions; You Can Run - Flock Of Seagulls; Ohio - Pretenders; Life In The Fast Lane - Joe Walsh; Metal Health, Cum On Feel The Noise - Quiet Riot.

Special Features are listed as: bonus tracks - "Fight the Good Fight, World of Fantasy (Triumph)," Can't Get Enough (Scorpions)".

Stay tuned for any updates.

Triumph's appearance at the festival has already been released on DVD by the band independently.

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Judas Priest, Scorpions, Triumph featured on 'US Festival 1983 Days 1-3' DVD

The US Festival (US is an acronym for "Unite Us In Song') held on Memorial Day of 1983 was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple computer. Wozniak financed the entire thing himself (approximately 10 million dollars), and his motivation quoted as "to throw a big party in the middle of nowhere" is quite an understatement. This festival was a follow-up to 1982 Labor Day inaugural US Festival events. The festivals were intended to be the celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people.

"US Festival 1983: Days 1 - 3" includes the 3 days of new wave, heavy metal and rock in 1983 with performances from U2, The Clash, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more. This includes the legendary U2 performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday", The Clash's final performance with Mick Jones, a seminal performance for INXS in the U.S., and many other landmark moments in music history. It is estimated that over 670,000 fans attended.

The festivals included large air-conditioned tents featuring the US Festival Technology Exposition, a dazzling display of then-cutting-edge computers, software, and electronic music devices. Also making a debut were installations of "outdoor rain," perforated pvc nozzles that sprayed water to fight the fierce hundred-degree heat.

The US Festival interest remains strong 30 years later in pop culture with mentions in "The Simpsons", "Malcolm In The Middle", "Dharma & Greg" and other popular TV shows.

"US Festival 1983" is produced by Icon Television Music, Inc. and Unuson Corporation with the cooperation of Steve Wozniak. This is the only Unuson sanctioned official release of "US Festival 1983" at iTunes and on DVD.

"US Festival 1983" is directed by award-winning filmmaker and music biographer Glenn Aveni and includes insight from Mark Goodman, one of the original VJs that covered the US Festival in 1983 for the then-newly launched MTV channel.

"US Festival 1983 Days 1 - 3" is available on iTunes for $9.99 each:

"US Festival 1983 Days 1 - 3" track listing:

INXS - The One Thing

Divinyls - Boys In Town

English Beat - Jeanette

Stray Cats - Rock This Town

Stray Cats - Please Make Up Your Mind

Men At Work - It's A Mistake

Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now

The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Judas Priest - Breaking The Law

Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Comin'

Triumph - Magic Power

Triumph - Fight The Good Fight

Triumph - Lay It On The Line

Scorpions - The Zoo

Scorpions - Can't Get Enough

Berlin - Sex

Quarterflash - Find Another Fool

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

U2 - The Electric Co.

Missing Persons - Words

Stevie Nicks - Stand Back

Stevie Nicks - Outside The Rain

To order the DVD, go to http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5946D



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Interesting this thread popped up. I just watched the documentary of the ‘82 US Festival. Very interesting to see how that one came together, with Bill Graham taking control of it when Wozniak couldn’t put the plan into action on production end. I’ve  had the Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Joe Walsh sets from ‘83 on dvd for a while now, great sets. But I never really knew much about the ‘82 Festival. I remember reading about both years in Hit Parader. Great concept to have themed days of music.  

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